Sunday, 27 November 2011

our weekend

I have been busy (as always this weekend). Why do weekends seem to go in a whirlwind? Would love one soon where I can sit still.

This weekend I have;

1. Making curtains for the house were planned a long time ago! I have finally got around to getting started on them. After a couple of dramas earlier in the week when I initially began working on them (broken scissors, a strange lack of lilac thread in the house). I present to you:

I'm very impressed, I have made curtains before, but I have never made ring top ones. I was somewhat nervous that I would make a massive mistake and ruin the material. I'm very pleased to say that I did not! 

2. I then made Dylan's curtains. His were a little more difficult as the suede effect material that he chose kept getting all static with the lining and sticking together. Not the best photo but it gives the general idea.

3. Stephanie and I began to wrap the Christmas presents. I am planning on doing a handful each day until they are done.

4. I pickled some of the red cabbages we have grown on the allotment. I can't wait til we can tuck in and see what it tastes like. I have never pickled my own food before so am quite excited to taste it.

I also had a catch up with a friend. We ended up sitting up until 3am chatting and drinking wine, it was a much needed gossip, followed by a much needed lie in. I didn't wake up until to 10.30am! Bliss, I don't think I have ever laid in that long. 

Stephanie and I also went shopping, we did the boring food shop and on the way home we popped into Homebase to look at the Christmas decorations and to by a plant pot to put flowers in at Mum's grave.
I will post about these things another day though as I feel they need a post of their own. 

How was your weekend?

Friday, 25 November 2011

This moment

this moment - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

this post is inspired by Soulemama. If you are inspired take a look over at Soulemama's blog.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

a new craft

This is the beginning of a blanket which my Mum began shortly before she died. She was making it for herself ready for the winter. I have decided that I am going to finish it and have it in my bedroom once it is complete. Not having a clue how to crochet is just a minor detail surely?

I asked my aunt to teach me to crochet to help, so with a hour lesson and observation I have so far managed to produce;

I'm quite  impressed with myself and love that crocheting grows so fast. IT started to curl up so my aunt show me how I can correct this. Hopefully I will be able to keep it lat now. Once I am confident that I have the hang of it I will attempt touching the blanket.

Wish me luck.

*Please excuse the photographs it is very difficult to take decent photographs when it is dark when you leave for work, and dark when you get home.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

How I love Saturdays :-)

I really look forward to the weekends, particularly the weekends when the children are home. Stephanie goes every other weekend to her Dad's. Dylan goes a couple of times a month, but as he is older they tend to be arranged by him. So there are some times I have both children, sometimes only one, and occasionally none. Originally this weekend was to be one of the variety where I have both children. I agreed to Stephanie having a few friends from school around to play and for tea- Dylan arranged to go to his Dad's! I'm sure I don't know why! Ha ha

I must say this has been, despite having an extra couple of 5 year old girls, a very relaxed Saturday. Stephanie played upstairs/outside with her friends; I sat and knitted/ did my paperwork. Bliss.
Once her friends had gone home we watched Strictly together whilst Stephanie danced along, I knitted. BLISS.

Watching a little of Tinkerbell whilst eating ice cream.

Dancing along to Strictly.

A simple but perfect day :-)

Friday, 18 November 2011

this moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

This post is insipred by soulemama, if you are inspired take a peek over at her blog as well.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


I haven't managed to get on a blog as much as I would like as I have had massive problems with my laptop, my sisters husband fiddled with it, in that blokey way. It seems to be working alright tonight so I can blog (hopefully!)

I have been busy the past couple of weeks making things for Christmas, school and family as well as some home improvements. Some items have been photographed already, some will be photographed in the next few days.

allotment goodies
firework fun

My first pair of knitted socks

My current reading material and knitting project.

As well as these things I have also been busy boarding the flooring in the loft so that I can use it, swapping the children's bedrooms round and painting them at the same time. I then painted the downstairs bathroom. I need to finish sorting Stephanie's things which are still int he living room/my bedrooms

I have so many things I am doing/ need to do. Some of the things that I want to get finished (or at least started) in the next week are;
  1. Stephanie's bedroom organised
  2. Bedroom curtains made for Dylan
  3. bedroom curtains made for Stephanie
  4. blind for downstairs bathroom
  5. gloves for Stephanie
  6. decorate kitchen
  7. curtains for the kitchen
  8. Sophie's top.
  9. Stephanie's heart decoration for her bedroom
  10. Stephanie's bunting
  11. Christmas bunting
As you can see it's ambitious list, I know that I am never going to achieve all of these in the next week I would be pushing it to achieve those things without working full time, but a girl can dream right??

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Bonfire celebrations

Bonfire night is somewhat different now for our family as it is the first anniversary of my lovely Nan's death. I have taken a somewhat different approach to some members of our family and decided that I would go to the local fireworks display with my children in celebration of her life, I truly do not believe she would want us to sit at home and mope. My Nan was all for family and fun, so off I went with my two. We had a great time;

We went to the local free and massive bonfire display. The children loved it, the fireworks were fantastic the bonfire was massive. We even tried hog roast for the first time on the way home. A lovely evening all round. :-)